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Compassion Fatigue Therapeutic Support Group

October 18 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Monday, happening 5 times

compassion fatigue

Compassion Fatigue is the convergence of primary and/or secondary traumatic stress and the cumulative effects of stress/burnout in the lives of those working in helping professions.

In other words, compassion fatigue is also known as second-hand shock and secondary stress reaction and describes a type of stress that results from helping or wanting to help those who are traumatized or under significant emotional duress.

*This therapeutic support group is suitable for lawyers and their staff.
*PLEASE NOTE: Registration is first come, first served – and will be limited to 10 participants.

The devastating effects of Compassion Fatigue can include:
• Increased negative arousal
• Intrusive thoughts/images of critical experiences
• Difficulty separating work from personal life
• Lowered frustration to tolerance
• Dread of working with certain individuals
• Increased outbursts of anger or rage
• Depression
• Assumptive world disturbances
• Ineffective and/or self-destructive self-soothing
• Hypervigilance behaviours
• Diminished sense of purpose/enjoyment of career
• Decreased feelings of work competence
• Reduced ego-functioning (time, identity, volition)
• Lowered functioning in non-professional situations
• Loss of hope

Accelerated Recovery Program

The Accelerated Recovery Program (ARP) was developed by Dr. Anna B. Baranowsky, Ph.D., C.Psych and Dr. J. Eric Gentry, Ph.D. and is taught as part of the Compassion Fatigue Specialist Training at the Traumatology Institute. The ARP program will be an integral part of this support group series.Over the course of the 5 sessions in this series, we will learn about Compassion Fatigue: what it is, how it happens and why it can be so detrimental.

➢ Session 1: In session one we will use empirically proven assessments to determine the level of Compassion Fatigue of each attendee.
➢ Session 2: In session 2 we will develop a working timeline of the problem and develop a personal/professional mission statement to help combat the effects of C.F.
➢ Session 3: In session 3 we will choose which memories from the timeline need specific attention to combat C.F. while implementing interventions to deal with those memories.
➢ Session 4: In session 4 we will address the cognitive distortions that are getting in the way as we develop a resiliency plan with the introduction of PATHWAYS, a self-directed program for building resiliency and prevention of Compassion Fatigue.
➢ Session 5: In Session 5 we will re-evaluate any remaining problems/difficulties that may need to be addressed while completing a comprehensive solution focused plan the participant can use in moving forward.

Program participants will learn:
✓ The meaning of Compassion Fatigue in their lives.
✓ The signs and symptoms of Compassion Fatigue.
✓ How to recognize common risk factors and who is at risk.
✓ What to do when feeling overwhelmed by work.
✓ Useful, appropriate and effective stress-reduction methods.
✓ How to recognize blocks to self-care.
✓ How to commit to a wellness and resiliency prevention plan.
✓ Resolution exercises that assist in the release of new and old emotional wounds that have limited one’s ability to do as well as they wish in their work and personal life.

Facilitated By:
Liane Wood, Psychotherapist and Daniel Wood, Psychotherapist / Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist.

We Thrive is a holistic wellness centre offering a wide variety of services, classes and events in an inclusive, safe and welcoming environment.

Compassion Fatigue Therapeutic Support Group
When: Mondays 6:00-8:00 pm, October 18th – November 15th (5 sessions)
Where: Virtual Via Zoom (zoom link will be provided automatically after registration is completed)
Personal Investment: $150 + HST



October 18
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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